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Cancer survivor inspires others while training for Tour de Summerlin

James Sernas, 22, could be the poster person for the Candlelighters. He is approaching the five-year mark of his treatment, beating back cancer that came out of nowhere. Now that he’s finished his treatment, Sernas plans to participate in the Tour de Summerlin on April 26, raising funds for the Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada.

Ash Meadows a haven for native plants, animals

A beautiful destination for a cool-season excursion, Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge offers hiking, picnicking and wildlife watching. It encompasses 23,000 acres of desert uplands and streams, ponds, reservoirs and wetlands created by more than 50 springs, mostly warm water.

Bay laurel a bad choice of trees

Question: On the north side of our house, we have a 10-foot-wide space we are trying to landscape. Several have suggested planting bay laurel trees, but we are concerned about the tree’s size for the space. When we went to the nursery, their suggestion was the Majestic Beauty hawthorn tree. Will the hawthorn tree do well in our climate and soils?